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PG-50090-07Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsOccidental CollegePreservation Assessment of Library's Special Collections1/1/2007 - 6/30/2008$5,000.00EmilyAnneBergman   Occidental CollegeLos AngelesCA90041-3314USA2006Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5000050000

A preservation assessment of the library's special collections, which include papers and works by poet Robinson Jeffers, writer Upton Sinclair, and artist Gordon Newall. The library also houses the Risdon Collection on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and a collection of first-person narratives by explorers and settlers of the American West.

In over 120 years, Occidental College Library has acquired many notable items, including cuneiform tablets, illuminated manuscripts, first editions of great literature, and audio recordings by luminary authors. These items, numbering approximately 100,000 items, focus on literature, history, and the arts and were collected to serve academic needs. Issues related to preservation have been addressed solely through the use of air conditioning and a policy of restrictive access; however, monitoring of temperature and humidity has never been undertaken. As Special Collections department strengthens its efforts to promote the use of its materials, the need for proper preservation becomes more pressing. The preservation assessment, to be conducted by a preservation consultant, will document current conditions, develop plans for ongoing monitoring, and make recommendations for short- and long-term strategies for storage and preservation. The 12-month project is scheduled for January through December 2007.